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BUSINESS BULLETIN 178 / 2000

Tuesday 21 November 2000

Section E - Written questions lodged on 20 November 2000

 

 

S1W-11382 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-9430 by Susan Deacon on 15 September 2000 and the Scottish Needs Assessment Programme report on multiple sclerosis (MS), and in the light of the relatively high incidence of MS in Scotland, whether it will advise the Chief Scientist Office to reconsider not contributing to Scottish, UK or European studies into MS treatment.

S1W-11383 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-8411 by Susan Deacon on 13 July 2000, what advice it has received from the Health Technology Board regarding the clinical and cost effectiveness of beta interferon as a treatment for multiple sclerosis and whether it will place a copy of any such advice in the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.

S1W-11384 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-7241 by Susan Deacon on 1 August 2000 and the Scottish Needs Assessment programme report on multiple sclerosis (MS), whether it will assess the number of MS patients in each health board area who could benefit from prescription of beta interferon and what financial allocation will be made available for the prescription of the drug.

S1W-11385 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the Scottish Needs Assessment Programme report on multiple sclerosis (MS), whether it has advised health boards to review and evaluate care provision for MS sufferers and to quantify and review prescription of beta interferon for them.

S1W-11386 Mr Lloyd Quinan: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current membership is of the Glasgow Housing Partnership Steering Group.

S1W-11387 Mr Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-2517 by Nicol Stephen on 16 November 2000, what safeguards it will have in place by 2002 to protect children who now have access to the internet either at home or at school from accessing sites which are unsuitable and communicating with people who may be harmful.

S1W-11388 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of students at Scottish universities come from (a) outwith Scotland; (b) other EU countries, and (c) outwith the EU.

S1W-11389 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made on the implementation of the Framework for Mental Health Services in Scotland.

S1W-11390 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-2431 by Nicol Stephen on 2 November 2000, whether the working group on deferred entry to pre-school education has now reported and, if so, when its conclusions will be made available to the Parliament.

S1W-11391 Dr Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is aware of the Detox-5 treatment for heroin addiction and what guidance it provides to health boards regarding the prescription and funding of this treatment programme.

S1W-11392 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Deputy Minister for Rural Affairs will reply to my letter of 9 October 2000 regarding Mr Peter Strachan.

S1W-11393 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive how much the consultancy awarded to Arthur Andersen on professional development for teachers will cost.

S1W-11394 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what tendering process took place prior to the appointment of Arthur Andersen to undertake a consultation on professional development for teachers.

S1W-11395 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the remit for the consultancy awarded to Arthur Andersen on professional development for teachers.

S1W-11396 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what alternatives to the appointment of a commercial consultant were considered prior to the appointment of Arthur Andersen to undertake a consultation on professional development for teachers.

S1W-11397 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the General Teaching Council, colleges of education, university education departments and teaching unions were consulted about its intention to appoint a consultant to report on professional development for teachers.

S1W-11398 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what information it collects on the prevalence of infestation by head lice among school pupils.

S1W-11399 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what medical advice it has received and what medical advice it has disseminated to schools regarding treatment of children with head lice by parents.

S1W-11400 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation it has had with teachers, council education departments and others regarding the role of teachers in advising pupils and parents about infestation with head lice.

S1W-11401 Michael Russell: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with the Scottish Qualifications Authority regarding any continuing dissatisfaction among pupils and parents with the results of the appeal process.

S1W-11402 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-10385 by Sarah Boyack on 1 November 2000, whether instructions were given that actual comparative environmental costing of transporting timber by road and by rail be drawn up as part of the Borders Railway Feasibility Study and, if so, whether it will detail the actual costings on the basis of which the conclusion was reached that the impact of the Borders railway would be to make it environmentally more acceptable to extract timber from the Kielder Forest.

S1W-11403 Dr Sylvia Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will make publicly available details of the responses received to its consultation paper Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland: Modernising the System.

S1W-11404 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive what importance it attaches to the retention of a skilled labour force in the countryside and what role machinery rings can play in this.

S1W-11405 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive which Scottish Ambulance Service stations are located in sparsely populated areas.

S1W-11406 Mr Alex Salmond: To ask the Scottish Executive what the location is of each Scottish Ambulance Service station.

S1W-11407 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to recommend that high hedges such as leylandii are included in future legislation controlling planning regulations.

S1W-11408 Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-10729 by Ross Finnie on 13 November 2000, what environmental disbenefits could be associated with imported organic foods.

S1W-11409 Mrs Margaret Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to respond to the report from the Highlands and Islands Learning Grid with particular reference to its identification of a need for publicly supported initiatives in information and communication technologies.

S1W-11410 Mr John Home Robertson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the Scottish Forestry Strategy (SFS) and whether the SFS will lead to a review of woodland grants.

S1W-11411 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-10798 by Sarah Boyack on 14 November 2000, how many individuals in Scotland will have lost jobs following the relocation of the Seacat from Stranraer to Troon and thereafter from Troon to Belfast.

S1W-11412 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive, with regard to the 2001-02 Public Transport Fund, to detail the bids which were (a) granted in full, (b) granted in part, (c) rejected and (d) deferred, and what the values were of any awards made.

S1W-11413 Mr Murray Tosh: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with representatives of South East Scotland Transport (SESTRANS) regarding all rail approaches to Waverley station, who is funding any research arising from such discussions, who is undertaking the lead role in any ongoing work and when it and SESTRANS will receive reports arising from any research.

 
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